Legal separation: Frequently asked questions about legal separation

What is the difference between legal separation and divorce?

In a legal separation, the parties are still married and a court order mandates the rights and duties of a couple for the time they are living apart. With a divorce, the parties’ marriage is legally dissolved.

Legal separation

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What are the reasons for formally separating versus filing for divorce?

There are various reasons some couples may choose to pursue a formal separation. Religious concerns, concerns about lapsing health insurance benefits, and concerns regarding social security and pension benefits are just a few examples. Some couples will engage is a “trial separation” with the hopes of eventually reconciling their differences.

Does Florida allow spouses to file for legal separation?

While Florida law does not provide for legal separation, there are various other legal instruments that allow for parties to formalize the terms of their separation. Having a clear set of agreed terms can reduce the possibility of financial and emotional conflicts later on. These include:

  • Separation Agreements
  • Petition for Support
  • Postnuptial Agreements

Reaching a common ground can be challenging and every case is unique. At Grossman Law & Conflict Management, we can provide clear guidance through the separation process along with solutions that will fit our client’s particular needs.

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